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Submitting to Kairos

Kairos promotes original and challenging electronic work, exploring the possibilities afforded by contemporary digital venues. Kairos publishes "webtexts," which means projects developed with specific attention to the World Wide Web as a publishing medium. We do not suggest an ideal standard; rather we invite each author or collaborative writing team to think carefully about what unique opportunities the Web offers. Some projects may best be presented in hypertextual form or in multimedia. In the course of our editorial review process, you should expect editorial staff and editorial board members to analyze your choices carefully, so please be sure to think them through. Please refer to our Style Guide for guidelines on technical considerations, format, and citation style.

Kairos welcomes contributions from scholars pursuing a wide variety of digital issues, from theory to praxis. Kairos features six sections: Topoi, Praxis, Inventio, Disputatio, Reviews, and Interviews. These sections have different approaches and different editorial policies, as listed below. We ask that if you are considering submitting your work to Kairos, you first visit the various sections of the current (and previous) issue(s) to determine which section best matches your work.

As an open-access journal, Kairos does not charge a subscription fee and is freely available for all readers. The journal also does not charge submission or publication fees of potential or published authors. Kairos does not publish advertisements, announcements of events or publication, or links to resources that are not provided in published articles. Once an article is published, no additional materials or links will be added; however, the editorial staff will attempt to redirect defunct links to the appropriate dated entries in the Internet Archive where available.

We do not use a double-blind review process; rather, multiple reviewers confer about each submission. When submitting to the journal, there is no need to attempt to remove information about the author(s) or institutions referenced in the work.

The Editorial Board uses the following Peer-Review Heuristic when reviewing submissions that passed our initial editorial review (Tier 1):

  • Does the rhetoric, design, and code cohere in ways that forward the argument?
  • Does the webtext include media assets that forward its goals/claims?
  • Does the webtext add new ideas/concepts to the field? These can be small or major, praxis-oriented or theoretically inclined, contemporary or historical.
  • Is the overall approach clear in the rhetoric and/or design (whether or not there's a specific methodology, experimental design, or anti-racist method employed)?
  • Does the author cite inclusively? That is, does the scholarly review (if appropriate) draw from a range of relevant feminist and cultural rhetorical traditions, include scholars from multiple identities (gender, race, disability, etc.) if known, or include research in multiple forms (open v. closed-access)?
  • Does it have major holes (in form or content) that need to be fixed?

Unless otherwise indicated below, queries may be sent to; submissions ready for consideration should be submitted via the Kairos Submission Form.

  • Topoi: Peer-reviewed scholarly analyses of issues relating to rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Submissions are accepted continuously, and authors are encouraged to contact the editorial staff early in their project's development. Prospective contributors to Topoi begin the editorial review process by sending a cover email with the webtext's abstract and a current URL of the submission. Authors who need an alternate delivery method should contact the editors in advance.
  • Inventio: Peer-reviewed reflections that focus on the decisions, contexts, and contributions that have constituted a particular webtext. Inventio authors will be able to include, alongside or integrated with their finished webtexts, materials that help them articulate how and why their work came into being. Inventio pieces are published once per year, in the fall issue.
  • Praxis: Peer-reviewed investigations into the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy with an emphasis on what happens in the writing/rhetoric classroom and why. Webtexts—case studies, discussions of networked/new media composing, or other formats—should showcase how writing is informed by emerging technologies foregrounding practical aspects (i.e., how would one use the technique being described? Who might benefit from following the author's approach and why?) while providing a theoretical grounding. Because the Praxis section typically features actual classroom research, authors are encouraged to provide appropriate, scholarly use of video, audio, image, or other digital media examples of the techniques described.
  • PraxisWiki: Peer-reviewed wiki entries on teaching narratives, assignments, and short digital pedagogy pieces related to technology and writing. Submissions are welcome on an ongoing basis— for more information visit the PraxisWiki or contact the Praxis Wiki Editors at with any questions.
  • Reviews: Editorially reviewed critiques and reviews of books, media, software, games, institutes, and other texts or webtexts of interest to scholars of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. See our Call for Reviews or email the editors with a proposal for a review not listed there. Reviewers will be asked to provide a brief design proposal outlining technologies to be used and the potential design of their webtext. Queries and questions about reviews may be directed to Reviews Co-Editors Lucy Johnson ( and Ashanka Kumari (
  • Interviews: Editorially reviewed extended interviews with scholars doing interesting work relating to rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. See our Call for Interviews or email a query to the Interview Co-Editors Brandy Dieterle and Monica Jacobe at The query should, in 250-300 words, provide the interviewer(s) and interviewee(s) names, brief bio of the interviewee(s), and current titles and affiliations; a brief explanation of the topics the interview intends to address and a rationale of the significance; and a description of your initial ideas regarding the webtext's design and/or structure.
  • Disputatio: Editorially reviewed mini-manifestos, rants, letters to the editors, responses to previously published webtexts.

What We're Not Looking For

We’re not looking for a standard, text-based article written in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or a similar program. We don't accept traditional print essays. Because the work we publish integrates rhetoric, design, and code to produce a scholarly argument that is instantiated in the use of media and design, we also have fairly specific technical requirements (e.g. we typically don't accept work produced in proprietary formats or systems—like iWeb or Wix). Please see the Kairos Style Guide for details.

Additionally, we do not accept submissions that have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere and we expect authors who submit to Kairos to refrain from submitting to other venues until our review process has concluded.

Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Authors of accepted webtexts assign to Kairos the right to publish and distribute their work electronically, including publication on the web and on CD-ROM, and to archive and make it permanently retrievable electronically. Authors retain their copyright interest in their work, however, so after their project has appeared in Kairos, they may republish their text in any manner they wish—electronic or print—as long as they clearly acknowledge Kairos as its original site of publication.

The journal itself, that is, the interface design and the synthesis of the scholarly work we publish and the editorial activities that produce the interface and structure of each issue is copyright Kairos. Kairos is the entity created by the collective work and creative vision of the Kairos editorial staff and editorial board, regardless of the individuals who hold those positions. The journal is copyright Kairos (as defined above); no individual or institution may claim ownership or place any restrictions on the form, format, content, or distribution of the journal.

Because we strongly support the Creative Commons project, Kairos has generated a CC license; this license states that anyone is free to copy, distribute, display, or perform the infrastrucuture and main user interface of Kairos under the following conditions: you must give the original author(s) credit; you may not use this work for commercial purposes; and you must allow your use of Kairos to be granted the same license terms. However, any of these conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder. So, for instance, publishers who wish to use screenshots of the Kairos interface need only request permission—this is a common occurrence and we routinely grant permission, although we reserve the right not to do so. However, permission to use screenshots of the webtexts we publish must be requested from both the journal (for the interface) and the individual author (for that author's work).

We encourage authors to place on their work a Creative Commons license, which allows authors to declare what rights (if any) they are willing to grant to others to make use of their work. If no CC license is declared on the work, then the author(s) retain traditional copyright to their work except for the rights granted to journal to publish and archive as listed above. In all cases, the publication agreement with Kairos supersedes any other licensing provided by the author(s) of the work.

Kairos encourages authors to exercise their fair use rights when appropriate. However, we expect authors to educate themselves about the law and, accordingly, to make judicious decisions about whether to seek permission for the use of copyrighted works. The editors recommend that authors review the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication by the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University for guidance on copyright and fair use decisions. If you have any questions about fair use and copyright in webtexts, feel free to contact us.

If the author(s) of a submission cannot craft a persuasive fair use argument that works within the structure of current copyright and intellectual property law, then the author(s) should err on the side of requesting permission. Authors bear full responsibility for their choices at all times. Before publication of any webtext, authors will be asked to certify that all material is original, utilized with permission, or utilized under fair use.

Human Subjects

Authors submitting work to Kairos are responsible for securing and archiving any human subjects permissions pertaining to their research.